I'm in the midst of planning massive set of upcoming workshops, institutes and trainings. I love designing these things, thinking through the flow of activities, the structures to guide people deep into the work, and the opportunities to model new ways of learning and doing...and here's a tool to help you design PD!
Yes, I used "should," (which elsewhere I suggest we banish from our vocabularies). And here are some other numbers that relate to our work that you might appreciate. 4: The November day which has been designated as International Coach Appreciation Day.
I recently did a workshop on coaching in which a high school principal expressed her desire to partner with her coaches and asked if I had any suggestions for how she could best support them.
I'm often asked by coaches if I can recommend a book or resource on adult learning theory. Learning about adult learning is essential if we want to be effective coaches--it's a knowledge set we can't do without.
A guest blog by Jennifer Abrams: "I spent some time last week with a colleague who was looking to get 'unstuck.' She wasn't sure what was next on her career path. She was calling many of her former colleagues to meet, to talk, to 'get perspective.'"
I'm frequently asked, "What's your secret weapon for coaching. What's the number one tool or strategy you use?" I think people want a response such as, "It's active listening," or "I always plan for coaching conversations," something concrete and replicable. After some reflection, I've identified my secret coaching weapon. It's compassion.
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.
I want to offer you five practices that I found myself talking about over and over this week, and that have emerged from the lengthy list of transformational coaching practices as ones that could be instrumental, transformational and essential in your work.
Carmen, who is beginning her first year as a coach, wrote me asking, "What does the first week for a coach look like? And how does a schedule play an important role for the coach and her principal in terms of what they're expecting?" These are great questions and timely to the start of a new year.
One of the keys to being an effective instructional coach is to be absolutely clear on your role: What is your purpose in coaching? What are you supposed to do as a coach?